Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Klibanaphoroi by krstovukoje Klibanaphoroi by krstovukoje
This work is also inspired by Byzantine cavalry,but this time it is the"Klibanaphoroi"cavalry unit.They were a kind of very heavily armoured horseman.This troops were slow compared to other cavalry,but their effect on the battlefield was devastating.
Add a Comment:
MisiakasVasileios Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awesome representation of Vyzantine cavarly.The word "Κλιβανοφόρος" aka "Klivanophoros" means "Those that wear klivanus chest armor ".

and a link that explains a lot sadly only in Greek…
SKwiDFaeGit Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I like how the design didn't change too terribly much from the Parthian forerunners.
ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Cool. Style looks like a mix of west and mideast. Wasn't Byzantine the 2nd roman empire, kinda to some ?
Woxolo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
They WERE the roman empire.
Roger-Raven Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
These might have been slow to accelerate, but once they had reached their maximum speed, damn ... the shock effect would have been devastating, indeed.
OberstJurten Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
IkarusZ Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Koliko ti je trebalo da ovo napraviš?
IkarusZ Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Odlično urađeno.
darklord86 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
manwith0name Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
IZmajOgnjeniVukI Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Great work Vukoje
AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well executed Cataphracts
ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Looking good!
Naraka7 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Amazing. Whenever I try to explain what Cataphracts were in the future, I am going to point people to this picture.
Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loving it!
TheKingInTheNorth Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
What's the difference between these guys and Kataphractoi?
Screwball1987 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
It depends.

Just what, exactly, is meant by the terms 'kataphractoi' and 'klibanophoroi' (which means literally 'camp oven bearer') aren't actually all that clear, and almost certainly changed over time. The usual explaination is that 'klibanophoroi' is a later term for traditional kataphractoi, and the word 'kataphractoi' itself ends up becoming a name for *any* armoured soldier riding an unarmoured horse (as opposed to klibanophoroi riding an armoured horse). Whether or not that's actually true isn't something that can currently be answered, because the information just isn't available.
Woaddragon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Here is a small sample of some ByZantime soldiers. A scout, a lancer, and at the right a "pronoiai" , or a heavy armored and armed infantry man[link]
krstovukoje Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
As far as I know Klibanaphoroi were just a tip or a version of Kataphractoi, but more hard and heavy.
papada Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Very good quality and impressive job my friend well done!

Super-heavy cavalry such as the Klibanophorii were deployed in battles from ca 950-1071 the year of the Byzantine defeat at Mantzikert from the Seljuk Turks.

I would like to comment on the use of the double headed eagle which is anachronistic. This is a family symbol of the Paleologus dynasty which ruled the Empire after the reconquest of Costantinople from the Franks (1261 AD), subsequently it was used as a state symbol as well.

Also an interesting post concerning Byzantine Maces and relevant archaelogical finds is the following: [link]
virtuoso-pianist-3 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Сјајан рад!
krstovukoje Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Hvala.Nadam se da cu uskoro da izbacim jos bar dva nova rada.Nazalost nisam stizao da radim toliko zadnjih par meseci.Mozda izgleda neobicno toliko forsiranje tema koje su vezane za Vizantiju ali to je moja pasija vec duzi niz godine te sam tako i resio da toj nesrecnoj drevnoj zemlji posvetim citavu seriju crteza odnosno digitalnih radova te je ovo sto si ovde video samo pocetak.Sto se tice ostalih tema imam u vidu i neke nase srpske kao i druge uglavnom srednjevekovne slike.Trenutno radim jos jednu ilustraciju vezanu za vizantinsku vojsku ali i jednu slicicu koja je neki moj vid i dozivljaj slavnog grofa drakule.On je poznat citavom svetu pre svega kao"vampir"dok sa druge strane malo ko zna ista o njegovim vojnim uspesima protiv osmanskog carstva...
virtuoso-pianist-3 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Амин, брате!

Ромејско царство је једино хиљадугодишње царство које је постојало (у Кини је долазило до прекида између династија) јер је мисао која ју је држала била узвишена. И ја сам изузетно страстан љубитељ Ромејског царство и његовог наслеђа.

Једва чекам да видим Ваше обраде српског средњовековља! Занимљиво је да су Пољаци своју коњицу, тешке крилате хусаре, примили од нас; 1500. године се бележи у трошковима пољске благајне плаћање "Racowie" коњаника.

Што се тиче Влада Цепеша, он је био изузетан владар који је хтео да уведе ред у Влашкој поцепаној раздорима бојарских породица. Њега су ердељски Саси осликали као веома окрутног и богохулног владара, док га руски извори представљају као праведног владаоца.

Срдачан поздрав,

irateyourart Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
MAn love this! Need more Byzantine art!
theroyalscouter Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just so you know. Be experience chainmail over your face isnt the most pleasant thing to wear.
krstovukoje Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Thank you for a good comment,but believe me I do not like to make unrealistic and
non-sensual works.This kind of horseman truly use to wear chain-mail over their faces,but with good and soft clothing underneath the mail it self. You know as well as I do that it was heavy, and it would make nasty skin marks.
theroyalscouter Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha I know, they can also cut you as the metal tend to have sharp edges. However I liked it alot, and I believe you about them using it. I just wonder how can someone be crazy enought to do so.
DarkOmen94 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
That is what I call Cavalry!
Son-of-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
I dig it...
Though should read Tim Dawsons thoughts on Klibanaphoroi...
It puts a new light on the subject...
krstovukoje Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
I would like to read that book and to know more about the subject.I am very interested in medieval and Byzantine history.
Son-of-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
I think it was an article on his web page...
Something to do with a mistranslation or some such...
Basically, the thought is, that what we know as Klibanaphori, are just retainers of Kataphractoi... like a squire to a knight...
Or at least, that is his thoughts on the matter...
And the
DorianM Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
An excellent and deeply atmospheric work!
Add a Comment:
  • Art Print
  • Canvas
  • Photo
Download JPG 1800 × 1300


Submitted on
July 25, 2010
Image Size
137 KB


25,609 (6 today)
419 (who?)